Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A helpful map of speed cameras, and their types, throughout Montgomery County
Montgomery County has become a beacon for speed cameras. Search through the map below, which details where mobile, fixed and portable speed cameras lie throughout the county, along with which direction they point in. In camera-dense areas, especially, zoom in to track just how many cameras police have at their disposal.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Revenue is down for automated traffic enforcement, even as police consider dozens of new locations, The Examiner newspaper reported.
Speed and red light cameras captured more than 300,000 traffic law violations in Montgomery Cameras this fiscal year, so far, The Examiner newspaper reported. That figure is still way lower than previous years, including the all-time high of 562,399 citations in fiscal year 2009, according to data from Montgomery County police. From July 2012 to February 2013, about 291,000 speed camera tickets and 25,000 red light camera tickets were issued in the county, the newspaper reported from data presented to the County Council's Public Safety Committee. From last year, speed camera tickets decreased by nearly 40,000 while red light camera tickets increased by about 3,000. Fiscal year 2013 ends June 30. "Our goal is to change behavior," …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Catch up on headlines this week from across Montgomery County.
A 130-year-old local grocery chain is closing up shop; a North Potomac resident nicknamed "The Turbanator" advances to the next round of American Idol; and Montgomery County councilmembers pledge to increase police presence in schools. These are just a few of the stories Patch reported this week. Get caught up on top headlines here. Magruder's Closing All Locations GAITHERSBURG—Magruder's is closing all four of its supermarkets, including Montgomery County's Gaithersburg and Rockville locations, but they may re-open under new ownership in the future. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. Man Guilty of Running Prostitution Ring from Rockville Pike Hotel ROCKVILLE—He’s been dubbed “The Pimp on the Pike.” Now, Nahshon Kornegay, 31, of District …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Montgomery County police have no plans to move a Jones Bridge Road speed camera that, a district court judge ruled, is improperly placed.
The Montgomery County Police Department has no plans to remove a speed camera in the 4300 block of Jones Bridge Road that a district court judge ruled was improperly placed. Officer Rebecca Innocenti told Patch that "there will be no specific changes made to the [speed camera] program" and there are "no plans to remove that camera in the area of Jones Bridge [Road]"—between Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues. The ruling resulted from a court session in which a $40 speeding fine—issued on Sept. 5, 2012, with the help of photos from the camera—was invalidated by District Court Judge John Moffett, according to a police department statement disputing the ruling. The fine was issued to attorney Robin Ficker—who has a law office in Bethesda—and …
Monday, January 14, 2013
A $40 speed camera fine issued on Sept. 5, 2012, was invalidated on Monday by the district court, but the county police department disagrees with the invalidation.
A district court judge has ruled that the speed camera in the 4300 block of Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda (between Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues) was improperly placed, according to the Montgomery County Police Department, which said it disagreed with the ruling. A $40 speed camera fine issued on Sept. 5, 2012, to attorney Robin Ficker—who has a law office in Bethesda—was invalidated Monday by District Court Judge John Moffett, who ruled the camera was placed improperly, according to a police department press release disputing the ruling. According to the Maryland Code, a speed-monitoring system may be placed on a highway in a residential district with a maximum posted speed limit of 35 mph (the speed limit must have been established …
Monday, December 17, 2012
State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.
A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed. Del. Jon Cardin said Monday he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations. "Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said. The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said. "I'm not trying…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Damages to one camera put the portable unit out of commission, police said.
A speed camera in Silver Spring was damaged over the weekend and, no, police don't think an angry, ticketed driver was the culprit. "Possibly a group of juveniles that may be responsible," said officer Britta Thomas, a spokesperson for Montgomery County police. No one has been arrested, she said. Whomever is behind the vandalism managed to knock three portable units down on 16th Street in downtown Silver Spring, near Georgia Avenue, sometime between Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Two of the cameras were not damaged and were put back into service on Sunday, but the third was taken away for repair, Thomas said. Residents of the neighborhood told NBC4 that the busy street is prone to speeding vehicles. Sixteenth Street is one of…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tell us your opinion in the comments section.
While driving along Connecticut Avenue Thursday, I noticed how traffic slowed before the cameras and sped up afterwards. Do the speed cameras really slow traffic down permanently? Do you think they would be more effective if they weren’t stagnant?
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Chevy Chase Village has ceased charging any fees with its Connecticut Avenue speeding tickets, while the question of whether or not uniform fees should be charged across the state is considered.
A speeding ticket's price tag has two parts: The fine and the fees. The fine of $40 is uniform throughout the state, but the fees (administrative fees, flagging fees, late fees, etc.) have not been uniform, Chevy Chase Village Manager Shana R. Davis-Cook explained to Patch. And, for now, the fees are not being imposed in Chevy Chase Village, where the speed cameras on Connecticut Avenue are notorious for slowing down traffic to exactly 30 mph (the posted speed limit) or less, making clueless speeders easy targets for the cameras. "Currently each jurisdiction sets its own administrative, flagging and/or late fees and the fees vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," Davis-Cook explained in an email to Patch. "Chief Judge for the District …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Lucille Baur of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers. Patch Reader Question: How many people were, in 2011, charged with violating the state's wiretapping laws for photographing or videotaping police officers? Baur: We are not aware of any such charges in 2011. Please note that wiretapping laws do not apply to photography or videotaping without sound. Officers know that they may be photographed or videotaped by anyone as they are in the course of conducting their regular duties. The wiretapping laws protect a conversation when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy such as during a phone call. No one is allowed to record a verbal conversation without the permission of all of the …